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2023 Media Technology Summit

2023 Media Technology Summit
Call for Technical Papers

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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, is seeking technical papers for the SMPTE 2023 Media Technology Summit, to be held 16th – 19th of October 2023 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom, within the Ovation Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, 5th Floor, Hollywood, California.

As a global Society for media professionals, technologists, and engineers, we strive to share the latest digital breakthroughs, champion pioneering forums, and encourage peer discussion and participation at our annual conference.

This year’s Media Technology Summit will aim to present all the latest innovative processes, tools, workflows, interoperability solutions, standards, and many other new and exciting initiatives happening in the industry that helps us ensure uncompromising quality for seamless creation, management, and delivery of media.

Original, previously unpublished manuscripts that meet the above goals will be peer-reviewed when submitted as an abstract. The required length of the abstract is between 300 and 400 words. Abstracts will be accepted from 5 April – 30 May 2023, after which the conference program committee will conduct a peer review and send decision letters to authors by the 3 July. Submitted abstracts should provide a clear indication of originality, essential research findings with at least preliminary results, and need address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media & entertainment industry.

Selected authors will have the opportunity to present at the world's premier peer-reviewed forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology. In addition, these manuscripts will be automatically submitted to the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and will undergo a separate peer-review process for publication.

Previously published, product-specific, commercial, sales or promotional papers will not be considered.

Student Papers are strongly encouraged.

Submit an Abstract

The following is a non-exclusive list of potential topics

  • 5G
  • AI and machine learning
  • Audio
  • Blockchain
  • Color science
  • Cloud Media
  • Communication, networking, and broadcast technologies
  • Compression
  • Content Production and Management
  • Design and Integration
  • Digital cinema
  • Display Technology
  • Enterprise IT
  • General topics for engineers
  • IP-based systems
  • Imaging science
  • Immersive media
  • Media microservices
  • NextGen
  • Onset virtual production
  • Photonics
  • Project Management
  • Robotics and control systems
  • Security
  • Security
  • Signal processing and analysis
  • Standards
  • Streaming/OTT
  • Sustainability
  • Esports/Gaming
  • Workflows
  • Other (Please specify)

How to Submit an Abstract

Interested companies and individuals are invited to submit their abstract and other requested information here. Instructions on how to write a technical manuscript can be found here, and for an example of a submitted abstract please visit here. An example of a fully completed manuscript is available here.

The entire submission process will be conducted in OpenWater, a content management platform that will also host the conference program. Everything submitted, including manuscripts, presentation decks, author profiles and additional materials, will be pulled from OpenWater and posted to the website, so please make sure your profile and session information are always up to date.

Authors and speakers will be offered assistance as needed throughout the submission process. Our program committee will provide guidance and resources to help you write and present a successful paper for the SMPTE 2023 MTS.

Please note that the final two expected deliverables for accepted presentations are:

  • a manuscript (up to 5,000 words document, please see an example here), and
  • a PowerPoint or a Keynote presentation deck (not to exceed 40 slides).

You will be using your presentation deck to support your talk on the stage, while the manuscript will be available to conference attendees as session support material on the conference platform and in the app.

In the first phase of the submission (deadline is 30th May) authors will be asked to submit the following information:

1. An abstract (300 - 400 words), that provides a clear indication of originality, and contains at least preliminary results of your research.

2. Top three learning takeaways for the audience.

3. Type of paper proposed, including, but not limited to the options below:

  • Research/Theory
  • Novel Technological Approaches
  • Case Study
  • Tutorials
  • Proposal for Industry Change

4. Ideal target audience, or who will benefit most from your presentation.

Important: Timelines for your submission

  •  30 May 2023: abstract submission is closed
  •  1 June – 30 June 2023: all abstracts are reviewed by the Program Committee. Authors will be notified whether they are accepted by 3 July. Those accepted will receive comments and suggestions from the reviewers that should be addressed in the next phase of manuscript submission.
  •  3 July – 17 July 2023: presenters must confirm their conference attendance and provide initial presentation information. Complete speaker instructions will be sent to accepted authors. Authors must inform the Program Committee by name who will present the paper in cases of multiple authors of a single paper.
  • 21 August 2023: draft manuscripts and presentations are due.
  •  25 September 2023: final manuscripts and presentations are due.

Call for Storytellers

SMPTE Storytellers: Voices of the Community

SMPTE Storytellers are brief presentations given by members of the SMPTE community during the conference. These short stories are intended to present the more human side of our community. Speakers have around 15 minutes to provide a presentation that is more personal than technical. In the spirit of inclusivity, these stories are meant to be motivational, inspiring, compelling, personal, visionary, or some combination of all. SMPTE Storytellers’ stories provide an opportunity for members of the community to express topics that are important to them. Selected storytellers will be provided with speaking guidance and support. (While short summaries are required for consideration, manuscripts are not required for SMPTE Storyteller presentations)

To submit a short summary for consideration as a SMPTE Storyteller, send your name, job title, and up to 500 words about the main points of your story to education@smpte.org.